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Top Naxalite ‘behind Naidu attack’ shot

In a jolt to Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh,the Warangal police on Sunday morning shot two top Maoist leaders,including P Sudhakar Reddy....

In a jolt to Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh,the Warangal police on Sunday morning shot two top Maoist leaders,including P Sudhakar Reddy alias Shrikanth,who is alleged to have been involved in the 2003 bid on the life of then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the killing of former home minister N Madhav Reddy.

The other top Naxalite killed in a reserve forest area in Tadwai Mandal was K Venkiah,a member of the CPI (Maoists) state committee. Reddy was a member of the CPI (Maoists) Central Military Commission.

Incidentally,only three months ago,at the time of surrender of another Naxal leader,Kakuri Ilaiah alias Sambasivudu,Andhra Pradesh Home Minister K Jana Reddy had claimed that it was he who was behind the 2003 landmine blast that nearly killed Naidu.

Warangal’s Superintendent of Police V C Sajjanar said Sunday’s operation followed a tip-off that at least 20 Maoists had gathered in the area for a training camp. They began combing operations on Saturday.

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“We managed to corner them,but the duo opened fire. In retaliatory fire,they both were shot dead early in the morning,” he said. The rest of the Maoists reportedly escaped. Police recovered arms,including an AK-47,from the duo.

Reddy,who carried a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head,is believed to have been the intellectual and ideological head of the Maoists in the state.

Police said he was behind the attack on Naidu at Tirupati in October 2003,as well as the assassination of N Madhav Reddy in 2000.

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He is reported to have also had a hand in the 1993 killing of former IGP K S Vyas,who was instrumental in setting up of the elite state anti-Naxal force,Grey Hounds.

Police believe Reddy also helped plan the attack on Grey Hounds at Balimela reservoir last year,in which 38 commandos were killed.

He is survived by his wife Durga,who surrendered last October on health grounds. Reddy started off as a student leader at Osmania University in the early ’80s and clea gold medal.

First published on: 25-05-2009 at 03:02:19 am
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